Honoring a student, athlete and friend
Paul Englert Jr. is remembered as positive, fun-loving ‘brother’
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 23:10
“If I ever saw [Paul] in the halls or on the Spine, I would say hello and see how things were going, just as the members in our graduating class do on a daily basis to each other,” O’Hara said.
Maher recalled Paul as relatively quiet in class but as someone who constantly contributed to conversation and bettered the discussion.
“He was a kid who would always laugh, even at corny jokes,” Maher said. “He had a real hearty laugh and could laugh at anything, anytime something was sort of funny.”
After Paul’s passing, Maher wanted to show support for Paul and his family. The Englert family had gratefully declined flowers and asked instead that, if desired, contributions be made in his memory to St. Joseph’s.
Maher decided to set up a memorial fund in Paul’s name to show support for Paul’s family; the money was donated to the school. He said he spread the word about the fund through social media, and a lot of students Paul’s age and older, as well as their families and friends, donated.
“Paul was a wonderful young man who cared deeply for his fellow students – no matter who they were or what age they were or where they may have come from – and for St. Joe’s,” saidRobert Scott, president of St. Joseph’s, in an email. “The outpouring of support for his family and in his name [is] indicative of the way our community felt about Paul.”
Maher’s memorial fund for Paul, set up through youcaring.org, received an overwhelming response. Maher met his original goal of $250 within a couple hours, and he kept increasing the threshold of the donation goal, eventually reaching $1,250.
Maher collected $1,255 in about eight days to be donated to St. Joseph’s in Paul’s memory.
“In [the spirit of brotherhood], Paul’s classmates are making a significant donation to St. Joe’s in his name,” Scott said. “Their donation, together with other donations made at the time of Paul’s death, will be added to a donation from an anonymous donor so as to create the Paul Englert ’12 Memorial Endowment Fund at St. Joe’s.”
The specifics of the endowment fund are still being finalized, according to Scott.
The fund will annually support an underclassman who will be chosen in the spring, according to Scott. The student will be “identified as having the characteristics Paul consistently displayed while a student at St. Joe’s – a serious academician, leadership, concern for others, passion for his school, and a lacrosse player,” Scott said.
Paul’s legacy will live on at St. Joseph’s, and his impact on the brotherhood will never be forgotten.